Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe On Africa

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist and professor, and is best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart. In this video, Achebe discusses what led him to write Things Fall Apart, saying: “I knew that something needed to be done. That was, my place in the world. My story. The story of myself. The story of my people. I was already familiar with stories of different people… At some point, I began to miss my own. I think of it in terms of a gap in the bookshelf. Where a book has been taken out, and the gap is there.” Achebe goes on to mention that Things Fall Apart struck a chord not just within Nigeria, but across the world with people who had experienced colonization: “There must be things that are universal in the human story which one can use, one can hit upon in telling your own peculiar story. The local, and the universal.”

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